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ATD donates $170,000 to worthy causes

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ATD donates $170,000 to worthy causes

American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) recently donated $170,000 in gifts to three charities: Boundless Playgrounds, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, N.C., and The Salvation Army Center of Hope, N.C.

The gifts were announced at the company’s 22nd annual ATD Charity Classic Golf Tournament, an event that has raised more than $1 million in total funds for local non-profit organizations. This year’s donations were raised by contributions from vendors participating in the golf tournament combined with a contribution from ATD.

The donations were broken out as follows:

* $100,000 to support the creation of two inclusive Tread Town playgrounds.The potential sites for the playgrounds have been identified on the West Coast and in the Southeast. The new playgrounds will resemble the Tread Towns that ATD and its Tire Pros subsidiary have supported in the past. The existing playgrounds are located in the Charlotte, N.C., Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn., metropolitan areas.

* $35,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which provides food and other essential grocery products to the more than 405,000 people living at or below the poverty level in the region. That total includes 145,000 children.

* $35,000 to The Salvation Army Center of Hope, an emergency shelter for homeless women and children.

“We’ve been a member of the Charlotte community for over 75 years, and we believe it’s absolutely essential to support groups that help address the important needs of our community,” said William “Bill” Berry, CEO and president of ATD. “We want to thank all our vendors whose generous contributions along with ATD’s direct gift have made it possible to support this year’s recipients so that they can assist those who are in need of help.”

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